International Transport Forum
The International Transport Forum (ITF)is an intergovernmental organisation with 57 member countries. It acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organises an Annual Summit of transport ministers, to help foster a deeper understanding among policy makers of the role of transport as a key to economic growth and to the pursuit of environmental and social sustainability. The ITF is administratively integrated with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Australia is a founding member of the ITF.
The ITF's Annual Summit is a unique platform for global conversation on strategies for transport. At the summit, ministers from member countries engage in focused debates with decision-makers from business, civil society and academia. The 2017 Summit, themed Governance of Transport, will take place in Leipzig, Germany, from 31 May to 2 June 2017. Previous summit themes include:
- Green and Inclusive Transport (2016)
- Transport, Trade and Tourism (2015)
- Transport for a Changing World (2014)
- Funding Transport (2013)
- Seamless Transport (2012)
- Transport for Society (2011)
- Transport and Innovation (2010)
- Transport for a Global Economy (2009)
- Transport and Energy (2008)
The ITF is supported by the Transport Research Committee (TRC), which is responsible for the collaborative research programme that promotes economic development and contributes to structural improvements of its Members through research adressing all modes of transport in their wider economic, social, environmental and institutional context. Copies of the ITF's recent publications may be accessed from their website. The TRC also directly supports the Annual Summit through research and preparation of papers relevant to the Summit theme.
Within the Department, the Policy and Research Division coordinates Australia’s engagement with the ITF and the TRC.